March 11, 2014
LOS ANGELES – The 17th-ranked Baylor women’s tennis team rebounded quickly from a loss to No. 3 UCLA on Monday by upsetting 10th-ranked USC, 4-3, on Tuesday at Marks Stadium.
The Lady Bears notched a doubles point win to improve to 10-4 in doubles decisions this season. USC claimed the first doubles match as Jordaan Sanford and Alex Leatu fell to Zoe Scandalis and Gabriella DeSimone, 8-1, at the No. 3 spot.
The 34th-ranked duo of Victoria Kisialeva and Blair Shankle carded an 8-4 victory over Brynn Boren and Kaitlyn Christian at the top of the doubles lineup, leaving court two as the deciding doubles match.
Playing for the first time this season at the No. 2 position, Kiah Generette and Ema Burgic clinched the point for BU with an 8-6 triumph over Giluliana Olmos and Zoe Katz.
In singles action, the Lady Bears raced out to a 3-0 lead as Shankle took care of the 76th-ranked Katz,7-5, 6-2, at the No. 4 spot and No. 122 Sanford polished off No. 71 Olmos, 6-2, 6-2, in the No. 3 position.
The Trojans finally got on the board as the 68th-ranked Burgic fell to Boren, 7-5, 7-5 in the No. 2 spot.
However, Generette ended any thoughts of a USC comeback as she upset 25th-ranked Scandalis, 6-3, 7-5, at the top of the lineup.
With the match decided, Kisialeva retired in her match against DeSimone and Alex Clay fell in three set to Christian to bring the final tally to 4-3.
- Baylor improved to 10-4 overall on the season and 6-4 vs. ranked opponents.
- Shankle won her sixth straight decision and is 11-1 in dual-match play.
- Sanford has won five straight matches and is 11-2 in dual-match play.
- BU is 4-1 in the all-time series against USC.
- The Lady Bears are 3-0 all-time on the Trojans' home court.
STAT OF THE MATCH
3 - the number of upsets the Lady Bears notched in the singles competition.
TWEET OF THE MATCH
TOP QUOTE #1
“We're a team that is creating a strong competitive identity. Today, we embraced all the little things that make a difference. Against UCLA we had some great individual performances. Today we did a better job of competing as a unit. It was an outstanding team effort that helped us pull through. Everyone did their part to contribute. No matter if we win or lose, we need to learn from today and bounce back for the next match. “– head coach Joey Scrivano
Baylor will travel to Coral Gables, Fla., to face No. 15 Miami on Saturday at 3 p.m.
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